When we are faithless, He is faithful. - 2 Timothy 2:13
“You will not graduate on time”
When I heard those words, I started crying. I didn’t know what to do, all I could think about was how much of a failure that I was.
I was in an online virtual homeschool program, and it was self-paced work. I always had problems with doing anything that involved being self-paced. I would procrastinate a lot. It was my junior year of what was supposed to be my senior year of high school during the time, and my guidance counselor told me that I was still taking junior classes, and I was nowhere near finishing them on time. She told me that I wouldn’t be able to finish my junior year in two months and that I would probably graduate in September of 2016.
I was devastated. I looked at the amount of work that I had to get done, and I figured that I could never finish it in time, that even if I did, how was I supposed to complete my senior year coursework in a semester?
I remember going into the room and telling my mom. I just saw the look on her face, and I felt like I let her down.
Then I went to the spot where I like to talk to Jesus, and just so quickly I remembered that my faith isn’t in man and that with Jesus, I could do anything. I remembered the Scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13), and that anything that seems impossible is possible with Christ.
I realized that I could do this if it was in the Lord's will. I could finish this. I made a plan to complete my work each day. I worked hard, I barely got sleep, and some nights I cried because it was so hard for me, but I prayed each day. Even when I struggled I prayed.
By the middle of December, I completed my junior year. My second semester was tough because I had to complete a full year of senior classes in one semester, and even though I completed my junior year in two months, my counselors still doubted me. They said that my senior classes were harder than my junior classes, and they didn’t believe I would finish on time.
I prayed, and I did the same thing that I did with my junior work: I made a plan and I worked hard and I prayed for the will that Christ wanted for me to be done. By then end of the semester I got accepted into college, and I graduated.
This situation reminded me that God is always faithful, and even when we can be faithless sometimes, he has a plan for us, and that plan will get done if that’s what He wants for you.
1. When was there a time in your life when you weren't necessarily faithful to your commitment in your own strength, but you got to see God be faithful through it?
2. What steps can you take today to trust God and prayerfully trust Him, no matter what situation you're going through?
Lord, thank You for being faithful, whether we hold up our end of the deal or not. Thank you for giving us strength in Christ, and for giving us guidance. Please help me to trust you and remember that it's your strength and faithfulness I can count on, not my own. Amen.
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